IT’S an age old question that husbands all over the world want answered – how do you get a tired housewife in the mood?
With dirty dishes piling up on the sink and a mountain of clothes to wash, Amanda Robins decided it was time to set the record straight.
Earlier this year the 32-year-old Griffith mother of three boys hit rock bottom and was feeling sorry for herself after suffering a mild stroke.
The person she saw in the mirror didn’t reflect the person she wanted to be so she set about changing that and the book How to Turn on a Tired Housewife was born.
“It was written for married women to sit down and have a giggle, with some useful information thrown in,” she said.
“I had just started studying again getting a dual diploma in marketing and copywriting business.
“Just before writing the book I was colouring in my son’s sight words and I noticed spots in my eyes like a flash had gone off and then my lips went numb.
“I’ve only just recently discovered I’d had a slight stroke.”
That health scare put things into perspective for Mrs Robins.
“It has shown me you can’t wait until tomorrow to do the things you want to,” she said.
“You have to make it happen.
“Writing the book was scary. I did a lot of second-guessing at the start. And then one day I sat down and noticed a vision board I’d created in January. Part of it was behind a cupboard and when I pulled it out I saw the image that I now use as my logo and it reassured me that I was heading in the right direction.
“I have been telling my husband for years that I was going to write a book about him and this was the result. Not only did he serve as an example for both do’s and don’ts, he added some really funny ideas as well. It really was a family effort.”
Mrs Robins will launch her book at the Griffith City Library on September 5 at 5.30pm.
“I’ve always wanted to write a book. I never pictured it would be this,” she said. “It’s not at all crude. It’s just something light-hearted and fun.”